Right Hon. J. G. Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture):
The hon. member for Fraser Valley (Mr. Cruickshank) as well as the hon. member for Vancouver-Quadra telephoned me about this matter and indicated that there was some discussion of the matter in British Columbia. I have made inquiries and I am told that there have been no imports of either frozen or SOo strawberries into Canada up to the present time so far as we can find out. I understand that the complaint is not that there has been importation into British Columbia but that British Columbia is not able to sell her berries to eastern manufacturers because of a suggestion that S02 or frozen berries may be coming from Holland to the eastern plants.
Up to the present time, so far as I can find out, there has been no such importation. I am making further inquiries as to the possibility of those berries coming in and I will make a further report later.
Subtopic: QUESTION AS TO IMPORTATION FROM HOLLAND